Tiger Woods believes that he will have to beat one of the finest golf fields ever assembled and on one of the toughest golf courses ever if he is to win his 3rd straight PGA title and to take his 5th UPGA Championship.

“If you win this championship you have beaten the best field in all of golf.”

Woods has won five tournaments since returning from an eight-month absence in February following reconstructive knee surgery.

But he has not won a major in 2009 and missed the cut at the Open.

“It’s been a great year either way, for me to come back and play as well as I’ve done,” added Woods, who has not gone through a year without a Major victory since 2004.

“I don’t think any of us would have thought I could have won this many events this year.

“I’m very proud of not only winning the golf tournaments but how consistent I’ve played. The one bad event I’ve had was missing the cut at the Open.”

Meanwhile, Woods has denied reports he has been fined by the PGA Tour for remarks he made about European Tour chief referee John Paramor, who issued the slow play warning on Sunday, saying he got “in the way of a great battle”.

“I’ve heard from the Tour and there was no fine,” Woods added. “That was an erroneous report.”

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